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Munro smashes second century for Auckland

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 28/02/2017

Unwanted Black Cap Colin Munro has smashed his second century of a Plunket Shield match for Auckland, making a compelling case for an international recall.

Munro raced to 142 off 103 balls on the fourth and final day against Central Districts in Auckland. It followed his 146 off 109 deliveries on Sunday.

His 15 fours and five sixes on Tuesday was one less in each category than his first-innings output at Colin Maiden Park.

Auckland declared their second innings at 260-6, leaving the visitors chasing 390 for victory.

Munro's batting has been reminiscent of a world record-breaking Plunket Shield display two summers ago, also against Central Districts.

The bludgeoning left-hander struck 281 off 167 balls in Napier, featuring 23 sixes, the most in any first class innings.

The 29-year-old's lean recent form resulted in his axing for the current one-day international series against South Africa.

Interestingly, Munro's first class average is now greater than 50, something none of the current New Zealand Test squad can say, including captain Kane Williamson (48.20).

Munro has played one Test, against his native South Africa four years ago.

He has been a match-winner at times during his 32 Twenty20 internationals but is a less effective performer at ODI level.

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